Happy days for Holly
Hallamshire Golf Club professional Holly Morgan’s first appearance in the Women’s PGA One-Day Series was one to remember.
Morgan, who is in her first year of training to become a PGA professional, posted a six-under-par score of 68 at Kedleston Park, Derbyshire, to secure victory with five shots to spare.
In doing so, she left two of the WPGA’s most accomplished players in her wake.
Suzanne Dickens and Ali Gray, who will represent Great Britain and Ireland in the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup in Austin, Texas, later this year, finished six and nine shots respectively behind the 22-year-old.
Playing alongside Dickens, Morgan showed it was possible to score well without dawdling or going through tortuous pre-shot routines.
As a result, the pair completed their rounds in a brisk three hours 25 minutes and, traffic permitting, were in time to return to their home clubs for a late lunch.
Hallamshire is the home club of the Fitzpatrick brothers and the club where the late John Jacobs and Pete Cowen embarked on PGA careers that saw them become Master Professionals and world-renowned coaches.
And both would surely have been impressed by Morgan’s negotiation of a course which hosted regional qualifying for the Open Championship last month.
Holly, who played for Yorkshire for a number of years as an amateur and completed a golf scholarship at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, finished with an eagle at the par-five 18th after starting with four birdies and no dropped shots on the front nine.